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Apple bringing full iTunes Match capabilities to Apple Music subscribers

Well, so far there’s no indication that Apple will actually be discontinuing iTunes Match at all. It’s entirely possible that the service may continue to exist in its current form for those who still want to keep their own iTunes library in the cloud without having to subscribe to the full Apple Music service. This would be akin to Google’s basic free music offering versus their paid “All Access Pass.” While I doubt we’d see Apple drop iTunes Match to a free service, $25/year is substantially less expensive than $10/month.
Personally, I think it makes much more sense for Appel Music to be a superset of iTunes Match, rather than trying to differentiate the two services entirely. That’s what I had assumed Apple was going to do in the first place when Apple Music launched, and was surprised when I discovered that iTunes Match still contained unique features.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 22, 2016 at 9:45 AM (CDT)

Apple bringing full iTunes Match capabilities to Apple Music subscribers

I wonder if Apple will transition us soon to be legacy Match customer as they did with MobileMe? Migrate us over and use remaining duration of Match contract to pay for Apple Music, or a discounted rate.
Actually, I wonder if we’ll be forced over at all. There’s quite a price difference between the two services.

Posted by Greg Edwards on July 22, 2016 at 4:34 AM (CDT)

New video shows alleged iPhone 7 lacks headphone jack, still has mute switch

Actually, the lack of an iPhone number would be normal. With the exception of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, all prior iPhone models since the iPhone 3GS have simply had the word “iPhone” on the back (prior to the iPhone 4, the capacity was also included, but still no specific model number). The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus still don’t include a number, but Apple did add an “S” designation below the word “iPhone” presumably to help differentiate it from the earlier iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 21, 2016 at 12:08 PM (CDT)

Report: Army switching from Android to iPhone for tactical smartphone

The most ironic aspect of this is that the Army is probably saving money in the process.  I’m sure they were using a custom, military grade Android phone before, whereas now they are using a standard iphone encased in a custom, military grade case.  Probably cheaper, and much faster.
The biggest irony is that a big cause of the slowness was probably the nearly certain fact that the Android device they were using was probably using a very old version of Android.  If it had been updated to the latest, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was much more competitive with an iPhone.

Posted by 0megapart1cle on July 19, 2016 at 11:21 AM (CDT)

New video shows alleged iPhone 7 lacks headphone jack, still has mute switch

Don’t you guys think that it’s weird that the case has the logo indented a little?
What about no iPhone number?
What about never seeing the screen side?

Posted by Bob Geldoff on July 18, 2016 at 10:39 AM (CDT)

Leaked photos appear to show Apple EarPods with Lightning connector

Personally, my guess is that Apple will provide some kind of an adapter — probably sold as a separately purchased item — that is basically a Lightning port splitter so you can connect headphones and a power adapter at the same time.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 14, 2016 at 9:06 AM (CDT)

Leaked photos appear to show Apple EarPods with Lightning connector

The Lightning connector is all well and good, but what if you want to use the ear buds while charging the phone

Posted by Mr_Productive on July 13, 2016 at 5:01 PM (CDT)

Apple TV Remote app beta 2 works as second game controller, adds legacy Apple TV support

Sadly, so far nothing at all. Mind you, in much the same way that older Apple TV support was added in the second beta, it’s possible that iTunes support is yet to appear.
Notably, the current version of the Remote app is also coming up with a message that it’s not optimized for iOS 10, so Apple is either going to have to update that one or abandon it, and hopefully they won’t throw out iTunes support in the process, as that’s still a big advantage for those who want to stream music from their iTunes library — especially useful if you’re using multiple AirPlay speakers.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 8, 2016 at 8:07 AM (CDT)

Apple TV Remote app beta 2 works as second game controller, adds legacy Apple TV support

What does it do for itunes? the old remote was also a music remote control

Posted by quint on July 8, 2016 at 4:06 AM (CDT)

Apple TV Remote app beta 2 works as second game controller, adds legacy Apple TV support

I’ve been using the app since the first beta, and have reached the point where I prefer it over the physical remote.  Normally, I don’t care for touchscreen remotes, Logitech Harmony app for example, because there are so many buttons that you can’t touch the one you need without looking at the screen.  Not so with the Siri Remote app—there are so few buttons that it can be used without glancing at it.

Posted by snworf on July 7, 2016 at 10:31 AM (CDT)

New alleged iPhone 7 renderings show more angles, lack of headphone jack

Well, we won’t be able to use any of the countless audio plugs with 3.5mm connections but at least the antenna lines are moved to the side. Customers are really going to love that, since those lines are almost always covered by a case.
Hey, maybe we’ll find out that’s it’s thinner AND has a smaller battery! That’d be great, too, since thinness matters most when your battery is dead.

Posted by jv on July 6, 2016 at 5:59 PM (CDT)

WSJ: Apple 'in talks' to acquire Tidal

Ugh, sorry about that. Don’t know where my mind was at the moment. It’s been fixed, thanks.

Posted by Phil Dzikiy on July 6, 2016 at 8:06 AM (CDT)

Cirrus Logic releases development kit for Lightning headphones

I would like to see more headphones with interchangeable cables like a new Hi-Res model from Sony that will accept any analog or digital signal, including Lightning.

Posted by Galley on July 1, 2016 at 7:42 AM (CDT)

Spotify claims Apple anti-competitively blocking Spotify app update

Yup, I’d tend to agree with that completely, and it seems like there’s even less of a case for Spotify to cry foul considering the policy on Apple’s part has been in place since 2011, and a lot of people believed it would spark antitrust concerns back then when it was news publishers and companies like Amazon who were being forced to deal with the in-app purchase requirements.
Ultimately, most just avoided in-app purchases and subscriptions and let customers figure out how to purchase or sign up from their web site. A few like Rdio actually just nakedly increased the in-app price to account for Apple’s cut, but ultimately everybody just shrugged, dealt with it in their own way, and moved on.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 30, 2016 at 4:37 PM (CDT)

Spotify claims Apple anti-competitively blocking Spotify app update

If Apple is treating all services equally, even where Apple does not offer the service itself, then I can’t see how this can be an anti-competitive move.  It would be different if Apple only applied this policy to services which compete with Apple’s own services.

Posted by Cmd-Z on June 30, 2016 at 4:24 PM (CDT)

Cirrus Logic releases development kit for Lightning headphones

Creating a headphone adapter that provides pass-through charging is certainly a possibility, and it’s been done before.
Whether the one Apple will allegedly include in the box will have this capability or not, however, remains to be seen. It might be left to the domain of third parties, or sold as an upgraded accessory by Apple that needs to be purchased separately.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 29, 2016 at 2:43 PM (CDT)

Cirrus Logic releases development kit for Lightning headphones

There are plenty of times I listen to headphones while charging my phone. How will this be possible if there is only a lightning port?

Posted by jv on June 29, 2016 at 2:41 PM (CDT)

Walgreens adds digital coupons to Apple Pay

It’s been that way for months now, towards the end of 2015, at both Walgreens and Duane Reade—very convenient.  Digital coupons even longer.  The only addition last December was the additional functionality of being able to use ApplePay to transmit your Balance Rewards card info instead of scanning it or entering your phone number.  Works with the Apple Watch as well.

Posted by snworf on June 28, 2016 at 1:09 PM (CDT)

Apple refuses to back GOP convention because of Trump

Stick to those talking points, moron. It couldn’t be that Trump made millions selling cheap ties with cheap Chinese labor, could it? *gasp!* Also, cheap hispanic labor for his hotels and skyscrapers built for pennies on the dollar with his Polish brigade. He’s MORE culpable than Killary.
Trump has absolutely no business telling any other American business how to run their business. Neither is he making any friends (aside from White Nationalists) with his disgusting bigotry and racism.

Posted by xmattingly on June 21, 2016 at 1:59 AM (CDT)

Apple refuses to back GOP convention because of Trump

Meanwhile Clinton is getting over $40 million from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and the UAE. Who all treat omen as second rate citizens. It couldn’t be that Trump wants Apple to stop from using cheap Chinese labor.

Posted by Milky on June 20, 2016 at 10:57 PM (CDT)

Apple's iOS 10: the 'mother of all iOS updates'

Yeah, they haven’t done as much with the tvOS beta overall, so I guess there’s less to break there :)
I’m also a big fan of dark mode, although I was surprised at how jarring it seemed at first, which is ironic considering the opposite was true when the fourth-gen Apple TV first arrived.
I’m just happy to see HomeKit support finally appearing — the Apple TV (and Siri Remote) seems like such a logical place for it. It’s a bit half-baked right now, but I’m sure it will improve as the cycle goes on.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 14, 2016 at 1:44 PM (CDT)

Apple's iOS 10: the 'mother of all iOS updates'

It is pretty stable, especially for a first release.  I do miss my useable Today screen though, looking forward to that working again.  The gettings stuck in landscape until I reboot is kind of a pain, has happened twice so far.  The beta toll :-)
The AppleTV beta feels very much like a release version, really liking the dark-mode.  The new iOS Siri Remote is pretty slick as well.

Posted by snworf on June 14, 2016 at 11:39 AM (CDT)

Apple's iOS 10: the 'mother of all iOS updates'

Yeah, the price one pays for living on the edge :)
I’m similar noticing the beta is pretty stable as well, however, and I’m liking what I see so far. Apple has been pretty good at not breaking a lot of existing apps for the past few major iOS “beta 1” releases, although obviously there are some things that will still have to adapt to the new system.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 14, 2016 at 8:18 AM (CDT)

Apple's iOS 10: the 'mother of all iOS updates'

I installed the beta, and it seems fine.  I like that the Today screen is now separate from Notifications, and like that swiping right brings it up—but am really hoping the developers for Fantastical, eWeather, and Next-Episode fix their plugins—after the update they’re all unusable now.

Posted by snworf on June 13, 2016 at 5:08 PM (CDT)

Rumor: Apple to release 'Deep Blue' iPhone 7 color option?

Not at the expense of Space Gray unless they release a black model.

Posted by Maurice Lewis on June 11, 2016 at 6:21 AM (CDT)

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